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Sex Offender Charged With Child Pornography Possession Seeks Admission to Kentucky Bar

| by Emily Smith

Kentucky man and registered sex offender Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith is pushing the state’s Supreme Court to allow him to take the bar exam and become a practicing lawyer.

In 2007, Hamilton-Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a child. He received a five-year suspended sentence and was required to register as a sex offender until 2027.

"It is so difficult for registrants to even get jobs and support themselves and function day to day, let alone pursue a law career," Shelley Stow of Reform Sex Offender Laws said.

Since his graduation in 2011, Hamilton-Smith has held a non-lawyer position at Baldani, Rowland and Richardson. The firm has filed multiple letters in his support.

Scott White, Hamilton-Smith’s attorney, argued that while his client has had a few relapses with adult pornography, he has not associated himself with child pornography. White added that Hamilton-Smith has used the law to redeem himself of the charge.

"He just hasn't let it define him," White said.

Hamilton-Smith, who graduated in the top third is law school class, plans to ask justices by Jan. 13 to reconsider the decision that he lacks the moral character to join the bar.

Sources: ABC News, The Blaze